Originally Posted by sallylou
If she socializes with Deaf people, she already knows more than most people in interpreting programs.
I disagree. I've met my share of people who are good signers but terrible interpreters. Socializing might give you a leg up on the language, but it doesn't teach you anything about how to process information and effectively interpret from one language to another, nor does it teach you how to conduct yourself like a professional or give you the tools you need for effective decision making when facing ethical dilemmas.
Besides, any interpreting program that doesn't actively encourage socializing with the Deaf community is worthless.